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August 28, 2017

The Recipe: Blackberry Lemoncello Fizz

I'm not sure about you, but to me, Monday feels like the perfect time for a cocktail recipe post. Either way, we're headed for a long weekend, so adding another idea to your repertoire is never a bad idea. 

Over the last year I've been really into experimenting with crafting pretty cocktails, and lately, this Blackberry Lemoncello Fizz has been one of my favorites. It's easy to make, has the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors and is made even better by the refreshing bubbles. To me, this is the perfect treat to enjoy after a long day at work during the summer (& any season); just be'll be tempted to have more than one. 

Continue reading for the recipe!
I love the simplicity of this drink, which I came up with while experimenting with Champagne and Prosecco-based recipes. I'm such a fan of a good sparkling cocktail, as I think the bubbles give it a bit of a bright, fun aspect. This drink is essentially a sweeter, less alcoholic take on the better-known Prosecco Limoncello cocktail, which in all honestly, can be a bit too tart and lemony for my liking. I find that when sweetened with a bit of Blackberry simple syrup, it becomes a bit sweeter and less sour, but still has that refreshing kick. 

How to make Blackberry Simple Syrup:
Ten Blackberries
Equal Parts Water & Sugar (with 10 blackberries, I typically use 1 cup sugar & 1 cup water. But, make as much as you'd like as it keeps for a month refrigerated)

Add the sugar and water to a saucepan and heat the ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved. The mixture should be completely clear when you take it off the burner. 
Pour the mixture into a mason jar, or glass jar and add the blackberries to steep. Leave them in the syrup until the mixture is cooled, and then strain. Now you're all set to use the syrup; see easy!

Ingredients (Makes 2 drinks): 
.5 oz (or more, if you prefer sweeter) Blackberry Simple Syrup
1.5 oz Limoncello
Lemon juice
Prosecco (chilled)
Lavender (for garnish)

First, add ice to a cocktail shaker. The, add in the Blackberry Simple Syrup, Limoncello, and a splash of lemon juice to taste into the shaker and mix until combined. 
Pour the mixture into a coupe (or Champagne flute) and top with chilled Prosecco. 
I also like to add a sprig of lavender for garnish.

That's it; a deliciously fruity, sweet and tangy bubbly drink! Will you be making this sometime this week? 

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